Inquesta is delighted to announce the arrival of Noreen Iqbal to spearhead a new team. The appointment comes as we expand our range of services to corporate and individual clients.
Noreen has joined us in the role of Forensic Director from national law firm Pinsent Masons to lead our new Business Intelligence, Fraud Investigation, and Fraud Prevention department.
The new appointment comes as we look to expand our offering to clients and our geographical reach. With cases of fraud likely to surge following the Coronavirus pandemic, the creation of this division will enable us to meet demand. Additional recruitment will also take place to grow the team further.
More people have been working from home with greater autonomy, which means the financial controls that companies have had in place will not have been applied as rigorously as before the pandemic. The financial pressures of the pandemic itself will also have created opportunities for fraud, leading to more corporate investigations. Our business intelligence service can provide valuable information so companies can make informed decisions about clients, suppliers and individuals coming into their ranks and mitigate risks. Meanwhile, the due diligence service will flag up credit problems and potential financial and regulatory risks attached to individuals and companies, across the UK and internationally.
The third aspect of the new team’s operation will be fraud prevention, and will involve experts led by Noreen reviewing the financial controls in place within our clients’ businesses, and identifying any red flags or risk factors. With Noreen’s vast experience and knowledge, she is the ideal person to lead our new team. We are extremely excited about the prospects for this new service offering.
Before joining us, Noreen worked at Pinsent Masons for four years. During this time, she managed a number of major cases that spanned multiple jurisdictions. These involved situations such like fraud, money laundering, the tracing of funds and assets, internal corporate investigations, and Ponzi schemes.
In addition, she has extensive experience in collaborating with regulatory bodies, including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, the European Commission, plus various police forces. Noreen has also reported to chief executives across the globe.
Noreen said: “Inquesta is well-established across the North West and throughout the country, and I’m really excited to join the practice to build a new service offering focusing on corporate crime and investigations, litigation, disputes, fraud prevention, due diligence and compliance.
“We will be taking a proactive approach with clients to ensure they are on the front foot if they are subject to investigation by regulatory bodies or HM Revenue & Customs, are commissioning internal investigations or have staff returning to the office and need to review their financial procedures, controls and processes to prevent fraud.”